CDTFC Director, Judy Rightmyer, receives activism award

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on November 17, 2014

Judy Rightmyer, CDTFC Director, was honored to receive the Stanton Glantz Award for Community Activism at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans today. Pictured with her is Bob Gordon, Project Director of the California LGBT Tobacco Education Partnership, who championed San Francisco’s ordinance to prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, the first such ordinance in the United States. For more than a decade, Judy has worked tirelessly to improve the public health of the Capital District community and has been a leader in national efforts to promote tobacco-free pharmacies. Congratulations, Judy! You make us all very proud. 

SUNY hosts tobacco-free regional meeting

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on November 14, 2014

SUNY hosted a great meeting yesterday in Albany to help colleges across the region become tobacco-free. Among the panelists were Larry Hardy of RPI and Robyn King of Schenectady County Community College, two of the eleven (!!) local colleges that have already become tobacco-free. You can read more about their policies on their websites: RPI and SCC.

CDTFC’s Judy Rightmyer and Kelsey Madden are smiling because the Capital District is only two colleges away from being a 100% tobacco-free college community!

Schenectady City Council passes GASO resolution

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on November 13, 2014

CDTFC’s Jeanie Orr, pictured with Council Member Ed Kosiur, offers public thanks to the Schenectady City Council for passing a resolution in support of the Great American Smokeout (GASO) at  the Council meeting earlier this week. Thank you, Schenectady! 

Watch for more updates on the Capital Region’s activities as we approach GASO 2014 on November 20!

Veto override vote fails

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on October 15, 2014

It looks like tobacco power walls in most Albany County chain pharmacies aren’t going away any time soon. Last night, the Albany County Legislature failed to override the County Executive’s veto of a local law to end tobacco sales in pharmacies.

The Albany County Courthouse was packed as Albany county residents, public health advocates, SUNY students, Albany College of Pharmacy students and others urged the Albany County Legislature to override the County Executive’s veto. Despite this demonstration of support, the Legislature voted 22-14 against the override.

Throughout the two years since Local Law D was introduced, public support has been unwavering. Twenty-seven people turned out in support of the law at the first public hearing held in April 2013 and many of those same people were present at last night’s vote. The law’s supporters came from many different perspectives, but all shared a unified conclusion—tobacco sales in pharmacies are bad for kids, bad for health, and bad for the community.

Several legislators at last night’s meeting spoke passionately about their interest in supporting policies that would reduce youth exposure to tobacco marketing and reduce tobacco use. We look forward to providing them with the information and resources they need to do just that.